Getting the airport race ready

It takes a strong, resilient team to cope with building a race airport in very little time. It tests the boundaries of mental strength when the weather plays havoc with preparation.

The Airport Operations team had to assemble, and then disassemble all the hangars due to the threat of high waves breaching the sea wall. Walter Prettenthaler of the Airport Operations team has been making sure his 11-man team has stayed positive throughout. "We know the process really well," said Prettenthaler. "That was really helpful because as soon as we put up the hangars, we had to start striking them down," he added.

The reason they had to break down the site was because the salt water would cause problems. "We had to save the materials, and there's 5km of wires running through the hangars and the water would've completely destroyed by the water. In fact the only thing that wouldn't be ruined or corroded was the framework," explained Prettenthaler.

Due to the delay Prettenthaler had to call in 20 local helpers to make sure everything was ready for when the pilots needed to fly. "I have a great team, they're mentally strong and always positive."

Even with Race Day nearly upon us Prettenthaler and his team were still adding the finishing touches to the Race Airport, "It's been difficult, but we had to make sure we had everything ready for the race teams," he concluded.

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